The new rule implemented by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) regarding goalkeepers jumping off the line during a penalty has boomeranged after Chelsea’s shootout loss to Liverpool.
In a 5-4 shootout win over Chelsea, the ‘never walk alone’ team, Liverpool, won the European Super Cup, with Adrian making the decisive save to deny Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
Although Chelsea took the lead towards the start of the game with a goal by Olivier Giroud, Liverpool made a comeback, leading 2-1 in extra-time. Sadio Mane scored two goals.
Meanwhile, ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, UEFA announced new rule changes which detailed what goalkeepers must do prior to a penalty shoot.
“The goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot on/in line with the goal line when the kick is taken; cannot stand behind the line.” According to UEFA
However, the Clarification of the rule is not clear and will do little to ameliorate the pain of Chelsea fans recovering from a cruel Super Cup defeat to Liverpool.
Meanwhile UEFA has nominated ‘‘Men Player of the Year’, they are Virgil Van Dijk, Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini and Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
- Virgil Van Dijk: 28-year-old Dutch professional footballer positions as a centre-back for English Premier League club Liverpool. He is also a captain in the Netherlands national team. Dijik currently bags the title of PFA player’s player of the year.
- Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini: The 40 million EUR salary paid Argentine footballer plays as a forward and captain for both Barcelona his football club and Argentina, his country. He is the second highest goal scorer with 112 goals all through his career in the European Cup and UEFA Champions League.
- Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro: Highest goal scorer of all time with 126 goals is also a father of four. He currently captains the Portugal national team and a club-Juventus, at the same time.